Do’s and Don’ts: What NOT to Pack for Your AZ Move

It’s moving time, and you’re ready to pack up everything you own to bring it to your new place. But you may not realize that it’s actually not safe to pack some of the things that you own. Or that the moving company may not agree to move some of your items. Some things you just shouldn’t pack for practical reasons.

Do’s and Don’ts: What NOT to Pack for Your AZ Move

You’ll need to consult with a local moving company on specific questions, but here’s a list of things that you should not pack for your Arizona move:

Dangerous and Hazardous Items

Your Scottsdale moving company likely has a long list of potentially dangerous and hazardous items that it will not move. Some of these things may seem obvious, like explosives, but others may not be as clear. A sample list of off-limits items includes:

  • Lighters and matches
  • Lighter fluid, gas, oil, and propane
  • Any petroleum products
  • Lawn equipment containing gas or oil
  • Antifreeze, motor oil, and other automotive fluids
  • Firearms and ammunition
  • Fireworks
  • Acids
  • Ammonia
  • Poisons
  • Pool chemicals
  • Bleach
  • Paints and paint thinners (including nail polish)
  • Pool chemicals
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Car batteries
  • Drinking alcohol

This is just a sample list, and there may be many more items that are considered dangerous or hazardous and that should not be packed. Don’t try to sneak this items into some boxes without saying anything. There could be a spill or an explosion that could cause a fire or seriously injure someone.

Perishable Foods

A local moving company will likely agree to move your perishable foods across town, but if you are moving out of state, plan to eat up those foods before you leave. Otherwise, the foods are likely to go bad while they are in transit, and that will make for a messy and a smelly ride. Food can also attract pests and rodents, which can become problematic for future moves. Food can also attract mold, which can spread to your other belongings if kept in the truck for too long.

Try to clean out your fridge before you move, even if you plan to just move across town. It’s easier, and it will reduce your overall moving costs anyway.


Not only is it not a good idea to try to transport plants, but the law actually forbids moving companies near Scottsdale from transporting plants more than 150 miles. The reason for the law is that plants can harbor parasites and pests that can be dangerous to agriculture in other parts of the country. It’s also just not a good idea to transport plants because the move can be very stressful for them.

If you are moving a short distance, you may want to take a few of your plants with you. You’ll likely just have to put them in your own car to make the trip. You should consider putting your plants in the ground or giving them away instead.


Most moving companies do not offer to move your pet. They have a moving truck for your belongings, but they don’t have a specialty space for transporting pets safely. You will have to either move your pet in a designated crate in your car, or you will have to purchase a plane ticket for your pet if you are moving a long distance.

Specialty pet movers are available if you need them. You will need to look for a local pet moving company and make sure they have the means to care for your specific pet.

Sentimental Items

Sentimental items are not prohibited by your moving company, but it may be smart to keep these items out of the boxes you hand over to the movers. Though the professionals have the skill and the safeguards in place to protect your items, accidents do still happen, and you don’t want to lose precious photographs or other sentimental items as a result.

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Some items that you might want to keep close during your move include:

  • Cash and credit cards
  • Birth certificates, passports, marriage licenses, and other personal documents
  • Photos
  • Jewelry and other valuables
  • Family heirlooms
  • Special artwork

You might consider putting this in a special bag that you keep with you on the plane or in a small box you carry in your car.
The most important thing you can do to keep your valuables safe is to hire a reputable moving company near Scottsdale that is well-known and trusted in your community. Then talk to your moving company about the list of items that are not allowed and what provisions are available for transporting those items instead.

A to Z Valleywide Movers is ready to help if you are moving within Arizona or from Arizona to another state. We’ll work with you to ensure that all your belongings get to your new home safely. We handle both residential and commercial moves, and we can handle a move of any size. Call us today to get a free estimate for your move.


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Gilbert, AZ 85296

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